Go Bananas for Yogurt
Yogurt and other fermented foods, such as kefir, tempeh and sauerkraut, are teeming with beneficial live bacteria called probiotics that keep our immune and digestive systems strong. But, like all living creatures, they need something to munch on to thrive. Enter inulin.
Found in bananas, asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes (sunchokes), onion, endive, garlic, leeks, wheat germ and artichokes, inulin is a nondigestible carbohydrate that acts as a food source for intestinal bacteria. “It behaves as a prebiotic to enhance probiotic growth,” says Georgianna Donadio, PhD, program director for the National Institute of Whole Health in Massachusetts. In addition to boosting the friendly critter count in your gut, inulin increases the intestinal absorption of bone-strengthening calcium.
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